…or at least of the ones I’m going to post. There are just too many! But keep checking my YouTube Channel because I’ll keep uploading them there.
In all honesty, I didn’t think that this movie would break box office records. And if we’re being real, I’m not sure the Glee-ple did either. Ryan Murphy has always said that he made this movie for the fans and my guess is only really hardcore fans saw it. Either that or the people who didn’t see the actual concert saw it. I have yet to see the film but from what I’ve heard, it is sweet, exciting, and really brings back the reasons we all fell in love with the show. So, claps for you Glee. Who cares if you didn’t break box office numbers, we all still love you!
One movie stayed strong. One movie opened strong. One movie took down Transformers: Dark of the Moon to rule over all others.
And then there was Glee.
The TV show’s 3-D concert movie not only failed to meet modest expectations—it failed to crack the box-office weekend’s Top 10.
The Glee movie finished in 11th place with a $5.7 million Friday-Sunday gross, per estimates. The performance wasn’t exactly a disaster; the film, culled from footage of this summer’s tour, cost a mere $9 million.
Still, something was off. Glee behaved more like a throwback to the days when concert movies didn’t do much, and less like a contemporary blockbuster à la Justin Bieber and Hannah Montana movies.
Or, to put it another way: It took Glee to make the Jonas Brothers look really big in 3-D.
Elsewhere, Rise of the Planet of the Apes held on to the top spot, and crossed the $100 million mark domestically, while The Help looked like the best-seller it’s been on Kindles, grossing $35 million since opening Wednesday.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 upped its domestic gross to $357 million to become the year’s top-grossing film—domestically, that is. With nearly $1.2 billion in the bank overall, the film had already established itself as the year’s No. 1 worldwide hit.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the year’s deposed domestic champ, exited the Top 10 after six monster weekends, and a $347.2 million take. (Worldwide, it’s at $1.1 billion and counting.)
Two comedies dropped out of the Top 10: Jennifer Aniston‘s Horrible Bosses, which lasted five weekends and came away with $110 million domestically; and, Justin Timberlake‘s and Mila Kunis‘ Friends With Benefits, which scored $53 million domestically, but proved unable to top the similarly themed No Strings Attached.
Final Destination 5, one of the weekend’s other new major releases, finished in the upper echelon of Final Destination movies, while 30 Minutes or Less, another newbie, did OK for an R-rated comedy about bombs, pizza and bank robbery.
And, yes, it’s strange, but it’s true: The Smurfs is nearing a $250 million worldwide gross.
If Glee’s TV popularity was all about being underdogs or “Gleeks”, then Glee: The 3D Concert Movie demonstrates how this bunch of would-be misfits have come full circle, almost like rock stars in their own right.
Nothing underlined that fact more than the glittering star-studded premiere of their movie, for which fans lined the streets and camped out for nights.
“I’ve never really understood the camping thing, although I’m truly honoured for somebody to sit outside all night to wait for us – that’s incredible. I want to just bring them a pillow or something,” Cory Monteith, who plays Finn, says.
Lea Michele, who plays Rachel, agrees. “It was amazing and I think we were so excited to actually go to a premiere for us, and not just crashing someone else’s premiere like we have in the past,” the 24-year-old says. “We’ve been to so many other movie premieres but only as guests. This one was all about us.”
When _The West Australian _caught up with the cast at a Los Angeles hotel, following the premiere last week, Monteith, who turns 30 next year, addressed the rumours that he and fan favourites Michele and Chris Colfer are graduating from the series and being replaced by younger actors.
“Everyone knows I’ll be 30 very soon,” he smiles. “I don’t write the show and I’ve been happy so far, so it’s really just a matter of ‘How long do you want Finn to be in high school for?’ Do you know what I’m saying?”
“It’s known that a handful of us are seniors,” 24-year-old Heather Morris, who plays Brittany, adds. “So people are like ‘And then they’re gonna graduate and they’re not gonna be in the show anymore’. But they can still be in the show – they can go to New York and we can follow them – just like anybody else.”
“I think that everybody got really ahead of themselves,” Michele adds.
“And then I think everybody stopped talking about it. What we’re forgetting is that we have a whole season ahead of us and we really want to give it our full attention before we could even think about anything else.
“I don’t even know if that’s true or not but, all I know is, I have to focus on my show and that’s what I’m going to do – no matter what the truth is.
“And honestly? I feel like the luckiest girl in the world, like I have the greatest job in the whole wide world, and I’m so happy right now.”
Amber Riley, 25, who plays Mercedes Jones, says: “The reality is that it’s not going to last forever.
“So you strike while the iron is hot and you enjoy what you’re doing, every day that you’re doing it, and you just remember.”
In truth, all the cast are exuberant at the prospect of returning to the studio to start shooting Glee’s third TV season.
But if the show all ended tomorrow, the one thing everyone agrees upon is the massive social impact they’ve achieved in two seasons. “Glee is much bigger than a musical television show,” Riley says. “This show has a message that’s really reaching people and making a difference.”
“Glee has also been so influential on the issue of gay and lesbian rights, to human rights,” Monteith adds.
“I’ve been front and centre on the issue and although the show is very allied with the gay and lesbian community it actually moves beyond sexuality issues. It’s about human rights for me and that’s what really piqued my interest in the movement.
“Glee is providing an example to an entire generation of people that might not have otherwise accepted that or seen that as a part of society.
“And it’s just showing people that they are human – just like us. It doesn’t matter what your orientation is or what your gender is. I’m just happy to see how good the show has been in uniting people and bringing together people with the same challenges. I feel like I have a lot in common with many of the fans.”
The finished film, pulled together from footage of their blockbuster Glee Live! In Concert! North American tour, is a joyous live extravaganza but Michele admits to having trepidation about being projected with an extra dimension.
“I thought the hands would be reaching out of the screen. Instead, the 3-D makes you feel like you’re actually there rather than having things flying at your face. It makes you feel like you are in the stadium with us.”
The film features footage where Rachel is teased that her idol Barbra Streisand will attend a show, but sadly her dreams aren’t realised. It was different for Michele in real life, though.
“I did get to go to this amazing event where all these fantastic performers sang Barbra’s greatest songs and I just so happened to sing in it as well,” she says.
“At the end of the show she (Barbra) thanked everyone for coming and then she said ‘And a big thank you to Matt Morrison and Lea Michele and Darren Criss from Glee for coming and singing tonight. I just showed my nieces Funny Girl and they said, Barbra, why are you singing songs from Glee in Funny Girl?'”
Michele adds: “I almost peed my pants. I thought that was just the craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”
‘It was amazing and I think we were so excited to actually go to a premiere for us, and not just crashing someone else’s premiere like we have in the past. This one was all about us.’
The Glee gang — Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Ashley Fink, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley and Chris Colfer — gathered recently at the W Hotel in Westwood and chatted to Movie Fanatic about the journey from TV smash to big screen sensation in Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
Glee 3D captures the essence of the sensation and brings it to the masses. The cast of the Fox hit show toured the country this summer and the film is a moment-in-time capturing of the glory that is Glee.
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie also breaks down the fourth wall of film and TV by showing the audience the immediate impact the show has had on a number of fans. Although only on the air for two seasons, Glee has managed to bust barriers between the youngest generations and show them that at the end of the day, we all share the same hopes and dreams. Glee’s cast embodies that sentiment and hearing them attest to that fact in person, was downright inspiring.
Movie Fanatic: While you’re filming Glee: The 3D Concert Movie as the characters from Glee, did you ever feel like you slipped into your own persona while performing in front of 20,000 people?
Lea Michele: I feel like I did a nice blend of Rachel and Lea while I was on stage performing. We are our characters but at the same time when we walk off stage we are ourselves. Also, we got to shoot these really fun, little backstage things with Ryan Murphy where he was interviewing us in character.
Darren Criss: I definitely blew it a couple times. I was in San Francisco making shout-outs to my parents and Blaine’s probably never even been to San Francisco [laughs].
Chris Colfer: I had to be in character. There’s no way I could’ve done Single Ladies every night [laughs]. That’s when you just leave yourself behind.
Movie Fanatic: One of the best aspects about the Glee movie is we get to see the impact you have made on your fans. Where do you guys get most of your fan feedback?
Amber Riley: One of the great things about this show is social media: Twitter and Facebook. We continually get letters and tweets from fans telling us how each character has touched them in some way and how they changed them in some way. I don’t know about them [gestures to her castmates], I can’t take the credit. We have really great writers. I think those kids are just brave by watching the show and identifying with it, coming out and being themselves.
Movie Fanatic: Were there any songs that didn’t make it to the film’s final cut that you wish had?
Ashley Fink: Towards the end Jenna (Ushkowitz) was singing True Colors, which was amazing. But we hadn’t even put that in (to the set list) before we filmed the movie.
Darren Criss: The boys (The Warblers), we did Friday at the beginning of the tour.
Jenna Ushkowitz: Single Ladies… we did that. I don’t think we did it the nights we filmed for the movie.
Lea Michele: There were a lot of versions of the concert — because we do songs some nights and not others. Some nights we wouldn’t be feeling particularly well, so we would take one song out and put another song in — it was constantly growing and changing.
Movie Fanatic: And Lea, have you met Barbra Streisand? Do you have the same obsession with her as does your Glee character?
Lea Michele: Oh, yeah, for sure [laughs]. I did get to meet her and I held it together and cried when she walked away.
Movie Fanatic: Chris, the gay community is a big part of your storyline. What does it mean to you to inspire today’s youth?
Chris Colfer: It’s crazy when you represent such a select community. They always thank you so much when it’s really them who are brave and the strong ones. The stories that you hear are heartbreaking and inspiring.
Movie Fanatic: What can fans look forward to in the upcoming third season of Glee?
Lea Michele: They’re really doing a back-to-basics season — really focusing on it being very similar to Glee’s season one. That’s so exciting. The first script was amazing. I absolutely love it — with a lot of songs that haven’t been on the charts in a while but were hits from the past. I love doing stuff like that. It’s, for some of us, our senior year. We want to make it great, to see what it’s like to be a senior in high school.
Movie Fanatic: You guys usually shoot on a closed set with a few crew members watching. Many of you have worked in theater or on Broadway, but this film is a concert film. These are bigger arenas providing a more immediate response from tens of thousands of people. How did you find the experience different?
Darren Criss: To experience all these people in real time is a pretty cathartic moment. There’s this huge fan presence that is undeniable. But, when it is on social media, it isn’t as immediately tangible because it’s inherently disconnected. You have all these people that you feel on your phone, but to have them cheering and dancing — it’s a very symbiotic thing where they’re celebrating this show with you and we’re celebrating what they’re celebrating. You’re right. It’s very different than a set. Crowds are more forgiving than your script supervisor [laughs].
Jenna Ushkowitz: [Laughing] It’s instant gratification. We get the energy and we feed off of that. Gratefully our crew is dancing along with us with every number that we do and they’re amazing. But other than that, it’s a small group of about 20 of us so it’s just a totally different vibe.
Movie Fanatic: What’s the most thrilling part of this Glee experience for you?
Amber Riley: I get to watch what I think are the future’s brightest stars. I’m getting a personal performance. When everybody’s watching it on TV, I’m actually in the room. So, I’m listening to Broadway’s next biggest stars and our next great singers. I’m their biggest fans.
Movie Fanatic: This summer Glee has been in the news almost constantly. How is working amongst all the speculation?
Amber Riley: I think that the great thing is that this movie is going to put a lot of things in perspective for people. They’ll get back to what the show is really about. It’s not about gossip. It’s not about drama. It’s about these kids that are connected to every one of our characters. Our characters have literally grown up with them and we are helping them through adolescence, junior high and high school. So, I’m hoping that’s what this movie is going to do.
Movie Fanatic: Any advice for the people out there who are yearning to be singers?
Darren Criss: Do it.
Jenna Ushkowitz: Work hard, practice. It doesn’t appear overnight. It takes a lot of work and honing your craft. Also, don’t give up because people may say you’re not good enough. I had so many teachers in college and high school, saying, “You’re not going to make it.” “You can’t.” Luckily, I had enough people around me who said I could.
Darren Criss: I would say utilize a lot of the technology that’s available to kids now. Unfortunately we live in a country where the facility to perform isn’t as available. I was very blessed with an arts education and it’s not so easy for everybody in parts of our country and elsewhere to get that. But, kids today are finding ways to perform. Obviously YouTube is the forefront for a lot of performers we find, myself included. And there are ways to meet people and surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you. It’s a smaller world now. I would embrace that to nurture your own love of performing.
Lea Michele: I think it’s also important for kids who know that they want to be performers to find what you’re particularly good at and discover your unique talent. I think that our television show really focuses on each person’s individual talent, whether you’re a singer who can move well or a fantastic dancer who sings well. Find what you’re good at and then go for that. People in this world right now are craving people’s uniqueness.
Producers hope a 3-D concert film will appeal to fans who weren’t able to see shows on the cast’s recent tour, although forecasts aren’t optimistic.
“Glee,” Fox‘s breakout musical series about a group of misfit high schoolers, has become a sensation in its two years on the air. It’s earned an army of hard-core fans who identify themselves as “Gleeks” and charted more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any recording artist in history — including Elvis.
Now, the show’s creative team is attempting to bring its magic to the multiplex with a new 3-D concert film opening Friday. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen and culled from two Izod Center shows in East Rutherford, N.J., “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” features series regulars such as Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, and is aimed to appeal to fans with its collection of musical numbers and dressing-room interviews.
The question, even for a movie aimed at ardent fans, is whether the concert film can draw enough people in the “Glee” club to justify the production. So far, tracking has not been strong for the film, prompting some industry observers to forecast that the movie will gross only about $10 million upon its release this weekend, a paltry number for a wide-release movie in 3-D.
From the outset, the project had some hurdles to overcome. Few network series have been able to transition successfully to the big screen, particularly during a show’s regular run (though 2007’s “The Simpsons Movie” was a notable exception to that rule).
Furthermore, concert movies have a mixed track record at the box office — the Jonas Brothers’ 3-D movie underperformed two years ago, though February’s Justin Bieber 3-D concert film, “Never Say Never,” earned upward of $73 million during its theatrical run.
Although ratings are solid for the show in its Tuesday night slot — with an average of about 10 million people tuning in this past season — that’s no guarantee that an audience is willing to pay 3-D ticket prices for a film composed largely of set pieces that viewers can see for free every week. (The movie includes performances of Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and songs from artists including Britney Spears, Katy Perry and even Barbra Streisand.)
“There were parts of the country we couldn’t hit and parts of the world we couldn’t hit, and this was an opportunity to make sure those people could also see it,” said Dana Walden, co-chair of 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the show and was the creative force behind the movie, which is being released by its sister Fox film studio.
This year’s tour, with considerably more dates than a similar tour in 2010, began in May in Las Vegas and played about two dozen North American dates, including May 28 at the Staples Center, before winding up on June 18 in Long Island, N.Y. It then played a number of shows in the U.K.
Throughout those performances, Murphy worked with director Tancharoen, who is not affiliated with the series, to shoot the performances and backstage material in 3-D. The tour was choreographed by Zachary Woodlee, who does work on the show, in an attempt to maintain some continuity.
Interspersed between these musical numbers are cutaway interviews with “Gleeks,” who talk about their favorite characters and how the show has inspired them to overcome life’s challenges.
The goal of the movie, say the filmmakers, was to give fans a feeling of what it’s like to be in an arena.
“We’ve all seen the concert film where you see how hard it is to be on the road, and we didn’t want to do that,” Tancharoen said. “We just wanted to give you the feeling of sitting in the crowd at a live show.”
Fox is aware that some can see the film as a cash grab, but Walden says the decision to cut a concert film was driven by creative reasons and fan interest.
“We turn down an enormous number of licensing opportunities for ‘Glee,’ a lot more than we pursue,” Walden said. “Together with Ryan, we decide which opportunities feel original and innovative. And we felt this was — it was an opportunity to do something distinctive.”
Still, the release comes at an interesting time in the series’ creative life. Several online tabloids reported that Monteith, Colfer and Michele, who will be high school seniors this season, learned they wouldn’t return to the show after this season from a Hollywood Reporter interview with Murphy.
Murphy fired back in an interview in another entertainment outlet that he was flummoxed by their reaction because he had discussed a spinoff show with them. He and Walden say that show is on hold for now, though Walden says that some of the graduating cast members could come back in a nonstudent guise.
Wary of the perception of backstage drama, Fox is trying to maintain a tight hand on press and keep public blow-ups to a minimum. It declined to make Murphy or any of the actors available for this story.
Walden downplayed the actor controversy. “Ryan has an excellent relationship with his cast,” she said. “The challenge with ‘Glee’ is that the fan base is so excited that every word that comes out of anyone’s mouth is scrutinized to the highest level.”
She added that despite the dormant state of the second series — or even the box-office performance of “Glee 3-D” — she believed there would be room for spinoffs on television and on other platforms.